New Delhi: At least three militants were gunned down in an encounter that broke out early morning on Monday between terrorists and security forces in Kulgam district of Jammu and Kashmir. Also Read - Over 5,000 Chinese Troops Present in Ladakh, Other Areas; India Increases Force

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The firing started following a patrol party of the Indian Army, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and J&K Police at Lower Munda in Qazigund area near Asthal village in Kulgam district of South Kashmir. Also Read - 'Categorically Deny This': Army Dismisses Reports of Detention of Indian Soldiers by China

A cordon was laid after security forces had an input about the presence of militants in the area. Forces retaliated as the hiding militants opened fire triggering an encounter.

Defence spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia said, “Three terrorists have been killed in the joint operation at Lower Munda.” The identity of the slain militants was being ascertained.